“When they substitute their knowledge for ours, we grow angry because they have robbed us of our agency.”

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Trends in governing have eroded the beliefs, norms and processes by which we learn to be accommodating citizens in a pluralistic, deliberative democracy. By manufacturing rights that limit democratic decision-making, centralizing power in Washington far from citizens’ lives, and empowering unelected bureaucrats in federal regulatory agencies, we’ve obstructed Americans’ practice of self-government. From this perspective, it is no surprise that we are losing the disposition and skills for collegial, conciliatory collective action

https://www.weeklystandard.com/andy-smarick/the-conservative-supreme-court-could-remake-american-citizenship

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The Panama Papers as a retaliatory move against Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Graph depicts the flow of what investor Bill Browder recently testified to be money stolen from the Russian people themselves.

Based on hacking that exfiltratrated 2.6 terabytes of financial data, the Panama Papers was the largest leak in a string of such “journalistic” endeavors kicked off by the Russian military intelligence front Wikileaks.

When the Panama Papers hit the news in April 2016, it wasn’t well understood that Vladimir Putin may have been the main target

This round of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism focused on a favorite of Russia’s.

https://web.archive.org/web/20180219001211/https://www.ericgarland.co/2017/08/01/panama-papers-putin-corruption/

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Amnesty Demands Israel Revoke NSO’s License After Haaretz Report on Firm’s Negotiations With Saudis

Organization says cyber firm ‘out of control’ following revelation that it offered cyber-espionage system to Riyadh mere months before crown prince launched purge

Amnesty demands Israel revoke NSO’s license after Haaretz report on firm’s negotiations with Saudis

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/amnesty-demands-israel-revoke-nso-s-license-after-haaretz-report-on-cyber-firm-1.6695252

Snowden: Israeli Firm’s Spyware Was Used to Track Khashoggi
Former U.S. intel staffer claims one of the dissident’s contacts was bugged with NSO’s Pegasus spyware, blasts Israeli tech industry ■ In response, NSO denies selling its products

 

Khashoggi’s Friend Sues Israel’s NSO: Spyware That Hacked My Phone Had Major Role in Murder

Omar Abdulaziz files lawsuit in Israel after Haaretz investigation found that NSO negotiated with Saudi officials the sale of advanced cyber attack capabilities ■ Correspondence with Khashoggi reveals his plans to undermine MBS’ government

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Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Merck & Co (MSD), and Abbott are cheating governments out taxes – millions.

According to a new report by Oxfam International it appears drug companies are stashing billions of dollars in profits offshore, and charging sky-high prices.

more https://actions.sumofus.org/a/big-pharma-stop-dodging-taxes

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Tim Cook to white supremacists: ‘You have no place on our platforms’

“At Apple, we believe technology needs to have a clear point of view. This is no time to get tied up in knots. We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, or violence: You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here. From the earliest days of iTunes to Apple Music today we have always prohibited music with a history of white supremacy. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. And as we showed this year, we won’t give a platform to violent conspiracy theorists. Why? Because it’s the right things to do.”

https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/3/18124416/tim-cook-apple-infowars-white-supremacy-podcasts-platform-adl

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